In 2013 we carried out a project to help widows in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. With the help of the Sri Aurobindo Society we selected 100 widows who were trained for 2 months so they could learn to make garments. After the training was completed each widow was supplied with a sewing machine so they could start making use of their new skills. The project was carried out in conjunction with Aurobindo’s program known as SWARM which stands for ‘Sri Aurobindo Rural & Village Action & Movement’ which is a progressive village community model that is sustainable, replicable and scalable.
The Sri Aurobindo Society have kindly produced a video which provides an insight into the work that was carried out to help widows and also shows their journey of learning to sew and using sewing machines. Also, it’s nice to see the widows laughing and being happy.